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tl;dr
Fucking shit cheap wifi router with fucking shitty UI, or it was probably my own stupidity,

Enduring the warm (fuckin hot) coastal climate, I ran back and forth in my house continuing my ordeal from last night, trying to figure what the fuck’s wrong with my wifi,

So far I’ve known that, the main access point doesn’t work with any device, but I can connect via cable, and hardwired extended router also works, so the problem must be with the main wifi AP,

I’ve given up earlier in the morning and tried calling the ISP, and the lady on the other side was about to instruct me on how to change the wifi password, I politely decline as I’ve already tried it many times, then she proceeds to register an issue ticket and I’m to wait for the technician to come,

I spent some time making lunch (a very nice spaghetti, and baked some almonds, gonna make some salted caramel after this), until I grew impatient, and back in front of my laptop again,

Then it hit me, rather than changing the password, I made the connection to be open, then I tried to connect, still no avail, so something else must be blocking it,

I spent some time figuring out what could be the problem, I tried to translate all the technical jargons in the router, until I found

“access control”
Mode: (a dropdown selection)
- disabled
- restrict
- permit (this one is selected)

[input for mac address]

[Some table to list registered devices]

Then it hits me like a brick, I tried adding my iphone’s mac address into the input, registered it, and voila, suddenly I am able to connect,

After that I tried setting the mode to disabled, nothing changed, the list is still there, I can still add more devices, but poof, my laptop suddenly able to connect,

After some experiment, what I concluded is that,

Disabled means the access control option is disabled, no restrictions or permissions (as intended as the default settings probably)

Restrict means allow all devices to connect except the ones registered in the list

Permit means restrict all device connections except for the ones registered in the list

Fuck it, now the problem is solved, everything went back to normal, well, back to my lunch I guess

Comments
  • 1
    Did that piece of shit come with the broadband package? Why didn’t you buy your own wifi router and just hook it up? you get weak and flakey wifi from those el cheapo provider boxes.
  • 0
    @helloworld well, I rarely come back to my hometown, probably only once in a year, I don’t quite remember about last time I came back home but my old man upgraded the subscription to fiber optic recently, it came with this new big ass wifi router,

    And apparently it started acting up only last night, it was fine before, besides, my family’s not too adept in technical things, so using our own router would be more hassle for me when something went wrong,

    But next time it acts up, I’ll throw that piece of shit straight into the trash bin
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